All 14 Parish Council seats are up for election on Thursday 2nd May. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor you can find out more about the role, process and timeline for candidates on our Elections and Staffing page. You can also contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Update: work from 8th April including new West Way crossing and temporary closure of access from Arthray Road to Elms Parade. Mace and SDC have provided an update newsletter covering work planned for the Easter school holidays in 2 areas.
1) With effect from 8 April (to coincide with the start of the school Easter holidays) we will again be closing the pedestrian walkway between Arthray Road and Elms Parade for a period of up to 4 weeks. This is to allow for the installation of services and service connections to the main services already installed. As before it will not be possible to open the path overnight. The alternative pedestrian route from Arthray Road to Elms Parade will be via Westminster Way and West Way. The route will be sign posted and banksmen will be in place to direct pedestrians accordingly.
2) The section 278 works to form the permanent West Way pedestrian crossing will also commence on Monday 8th April as shown on the accompanying plan. As will be noted the current crossing will be closed and there will be a traffic light controlled vehicle contraflow system on West Way whilst the works take place. Although the plan indicates a 3 week programme the pedestrian crossing will be available for use from 23rd April to coincide with the reopening of the schools for the summer term.
There is a map in the newsletter. They have apologised for the inconvenience these works will inevitably cause and noted that once complete no further works are planned for these 2 facilities.
In addition, the Vale of White Horse District Council has released details of the addresses and numbering for all the buildings in the finished development. View the plan of the proposed numbering scheme.
NHPC have passed a motion declaring a ‘climate emergency’. We have done this to express our deep concern about the growing threat of climate change and to commit ourselves to play our part in tackling this global problem. Our powers and impacts as a Parish Council may be limited but we are joining thousands of other councils around the world (including the Vale District Council and Oxford City Council) in doing what we can at every level.
We are going to work with other groups in our parish with the aim of getting as many people as possible engaged and active. At one level this may be about simple issues such as saving energy and cutting food waste. It all matters. But it’s also about working to oppose the proposed Expressway, and about making sure that Vale and the County Council use their powers under the planning and transport systems to help create a genuinely sustainable future. We’d like to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved – contact us via the Parish Clerk.
Thursday 14th March at 7pm: NHPC will consider the full planning application for a multi-use Louie Memorial Pavilion to replace the current pavilion and scout hut buildings at a special meeting on Thurs 14th March. The plans will be on display at the meeting and also at the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st March. You can download all the drawings and other planning documents below and more information and background including the Ecological Survey and the Consultation Report, can be found on the Louie Memorial page.
If NHPC approves the plans they will be submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council for planning approval, at which time the District Council will run a formal public consultation on the plans.
Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor? All Parish Council seats are all up for election on Thursday 2nd May. Find out more about the role, process and timeline for candidates on our Elections and Staffing page. You can also contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Annual Parish Meeting: Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm in Seacourt Hall (refreshments served from 7pm).
Please send any questions to the Parish Clerk by 12 noon on Tuesday 19th March to receive a reply at the meeting.
There will be updates on the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, plans for a replacement Pavilion, and progress on the Botley Centre redevelopment, but with so many things happening in and around the parish no doubt quite a few other topics will arise during the meeting. Remember, this is your chance as residents to set the agenda, and to discuss local issues that are of most importance to you personally. Come along on 21st March to find out more.
The latest plans for a new replacement Pavilion for the Louie Memorial Playing Fields were received at the weekend and put on public display on Sunday at our drop-in session at the Pavilion. If you didn’t get a chance to view them on Sunday you can see them at the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st March or view and download them here. These are the latest plans and we welcome your comments before they are submitted. Once the plans are submitted to the Vale District Council there will be a period for comments – look out for a notification on the website for the dates and process for your comments.
Changes to vehicle access via Westminster Way from 18th February for 2 to 3 weeks: Mace have sent an update newsletter to let residents know that vehicle access from Westminster Way to the temporary retail area at West Way Shopping Centre will be slightly reconfigured as part of drainage works. Please see Mace’s newsletter for further information and map.
For more information, you can contact SDC’s dedicated resident liaison phone on 07920 847 256. In case of an emergency, call 0845 838 7627.
Your Neighbourhood Plan is now open for consultation up to 27th March.
The North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan has recently taken another important step towards adoption. The Plan was approved by the Parish Council in November and then submitted to the Vale, where it has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure that all of the required content is in place within an appropriate structure.
Having overcome that hurdle the Vale are now carrying out the first stage of Independent Examination, which is a six week consultation running until the 27th March. All individuals and organisations that provided feedback in the public consultation last year (other than anonymous comments) have been sent a notification message outlining the process for making further comments about the submission version of the Plan.
Details of how to submit comments can be found on the Vale website along with copies of the main Plan documents. Hard copies of those documents are also available to view at both Botley Library and the Parish Council Office in Seacourt Hall throughout the consultation. In addition the Resources page of the Neighbourhood Plan website contains copies of all the Plan documents.